Who said being in an office all day has to be a total drag? Why not amp up your workspace with a dash of vibrancy and life? Everyone can use a little positive energy in the office to put some extra pep in their step. Plus, you need to maintain your physique to stay relevant on Instagram. All of these reasons and more are why you’re here right now to view my ultimate guide to choosing the best office workout equipment.

In this animated guide, I share:

  • The Best Office Exercise Equipment
  • Workout Equipment Reviews

Product Description
#1) Exerpeutic 900 Bluetooth Under Desk Exercise Bike

  • My current favorite under-desk bike that’s as feature-rich as they come
  • An undeniably awesome extendable chair hook that locks the bike to your office rolling chair (no sliding around)
  • Accurately track your exercise stats and fitness goals in the included MyCloudFitness App
  • Near-Silent Operation with 14 Magnetic Resistance Levels
  • Compatbile with low desks and all user heights
  • Further Reading: Exerpeutic Under Desk Bike Review
#2) DeskCycle 2

  • A top under-desk cycle with all the bells and whistles
  • My favorite feature is the adjustable pedal height to make it work with desks as low as 27″ (a unique and difficult feature to find)
  • The quietest of the quiet
  • Compact, fairly lightweight, and portable
  • Track your fitness stats in the DeskCycle app and the desktop console
  • Further Reading: DeskCycle 2 Review
#3) OYO Personal Gym

  • Top-notch portable gym equipment to get your full-body workout on at work
  • Up to 25 lbs of muscle-shredding resistance
  • Lightyears ahead of resistance bands
  • Workouts that have a free-weight feel to them
  • Over 60 Workouts + 197 Exercise Ideas
  • Don’t be afraid, the OYO gym is perfect for all skill levels
#4) Core Prodigy Python Power Twister

  • Portable exercise equipment doesn’t get much better than this
  • Lightweight, Super-Portable, and Packs a Punch
  • Resistance levels up to 100 lbs
  • Get a killer upper-body workout in your office
  • Premium-Grade Carbon Steel Springs w/ Rubber Grip Handles
  • Simply slide your grip between wide and narrow to change resistance
#5) iMovR ThermoTread GT

  • My personal favorite under-desk walking treadmill
  • Extremely quiet operation compared to a standard treadmill
  • Compatible for use in a standing or sitting position
  • Track your fitness stats on the smartphone-inspired console
  • 6 Compression Shock Absorbers
  • Unlimited Daily Usage Limit
  • 3 Horsepower 4000 RPM DC Motor w/ Continuous Duty Cycle (made for office use)
  • Further Reading: iMovR Under Desk Treadmill Review
#6) Rebel Treadmill 1000

  • An excellent budget alternative to iMovR and LifeSpan treadmills
  • Lighterweight than iMovR and LifeSpan treadmills (88 lbs compared to over 100 lbs)
  • Quiet Operation for a more affordable price
  • Includes a desktop console for fitness stat tracking
  • Unlimited Daily Usage Limit
  • Further Reading: Rebel Treadmill 1000 Review
#7) Cubii Pro

  • Cubii is the leader in the under-desk elliptical game
  • The best low-impact cardio exercise of the machines in my Top 10 (easiest on the joints)
  • Bluetooth Fitness Stat Tracking in the Cubii App (compatible with iOS, Android, and Fitbit devices)
  • Seriously Quiet Operation
  • 8 Magnetic Resistance Levels
  • Further Reading: Cubii Pro Review
#8) MaxiClimber

  • A true low-impact total-body cardio workout for calorie burning and muscle toning
  • Compact, Folding Frame makes it easy to tuck away when not in use
  • Durable Cold-Rolled Steel Frame supports up to 240 lbs
  • Adjustable Height
  • Almost zero assembly required
#9) Xterra Fitness FB150 Folding Exercise Bike

  • A folding upright stationary bike delivers a harder workout than an under-desk cycle
  • Incredibly Small Footprint (18.1″ x 18.1″ when folded)
  • Smooth, Quiet Magnetic Resistance w/ 3-Piece Crank
  • Comfy Oversized Seat with Ample Padding
  • Track your fitness stats on the integrated console w/ LCD display
  • Hand Pulse Grips
#10) Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper w/ Resistance Bands

  • Hydraulic Drive System for butter-smooth steps
  • Total-Body Cardio Workout (excellent for toning legs and glutes)
  • Wide Non-Slip Pedals for a sure-footed grip
  • Adjust pedal height between short bursts and long steps
  • Built-In Console w/ LCD for tracking fitness stats
  • Removable Resistance Bands
  • Supports up to 220 lbs
Bonus Pick: Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair

  • Two Words: Posture Matters
  • Helps to prevent back pain and sorenss due to sitting for long periods
  • Promotes a more active sitting session for natural, light core work and posture correcting
  • Easy-Glide Locking Caster Wheels
  • Simply remove the 52 cm exercise ball to do yoga ball workouts in your office
  • Stay limber my friends

Workout Equipment Reviews

Are you as excited as I am? There’s a ton of awesome office workout ideas flowing through my mind right now. The options are limitless with the office workout equipment in my Top 10. Which piece of equipment suits you the best? Are you searching for a super low-impact cardio workout that provides a distraction-free experience? Perhaps you want to get shredded and beef up those muscles of yours while you work? No matter your goals, the equipment in this guide has got you covered.

In this section, I share reviews for the pieces of equipment that are making their debut on my site. If you already noticed a piece of equipment that caught your eye in the chart above, be sure to check for a link to the full review. If there’s no link, scroll down to check out the reviews below.

OYO Personal Gym Review

I’m a huge fan of the OYO personal gym and the concept behind it. Expect to see a lot more portable gym equipment being released in the next few years using this same tech. OYO is already ahead of the pack with its personal gym. What makes this piece of equipment so special? The biggest advantage is portability, followed closely by versatility.

The OYO personal gym is like having a set of dumbells and more in a small package, just think NASA-approved technology. The OYO gym incorporates NASA SpiraFlex technology that’s been used in space to keep astronauts fit for over a decade. There’s even a NASA study that proved SpiraFlex tech increases lean muscle size and strength as much as free weights.

Another awesome thing about SpiraFlex is longevity. Compared to steel spring systems, SpiraFlex tech lasts 10X longer (*), meaning the OYO gym won’t give out on you or lose resistance over time. This is one of the greatest features of the product since consistency is key when building lean muscle mass. The last thing you want is an unreliable piece of equipment.

Lastly, the OYO gym folds up neatly and can be stored in your desk drawer along with the resistance FlexPacks. No one will ever know you’ve been sculpting your arms in your office, and when they ask if you go to the gym, tell ’em, “Nah, it’s all-natural.”

Below are the pros and cons I found reported by owners in the OYO Personal Gym reviews:

Pros
  • Built with top-grade premium materials that’ll stand the test of time
  • Unbeatable convenience and portability
  • An excellent piece of office workout equipment for toning
  • The workouts are fun and can be addictive
  • A wider range of exercises than dumbbells and resistance bands offer
  • Senior-friendly and recommended by males over 40
Cons
  • The max resistance may be too low for you
  • Better for toning than serious strength gains (though I’d be fascinated to see a portable gym that delivers barbell-like results)
  • You may find the positions of the exercises awkward
  • Muscleheads and gym rats will more than likely be underwhelmed

Core Prodigy Python Power Twister Review

Is the OYO Personal Gym too soft for you? Not enough resistance? Well, step up the resistance with the Python Power Twister. The resistance range of the Power Twister is 40 – 100 lbs, meaning it’s not built for weak arms. This is a plus and a minus, depending on where you’re at in your fitness journey and whether you want your arms to look pumped like Vin Diesel. Also, the range of workouts is limited to upper-body work, while the OYO Personal Gym offers a full set of total-body workouts.

Having said that, the Python Power Twister is awesome and more up my alley than the OYO gym. With this lightweight and compact piece of office workout equipment, you have the ability to shred your chest, serratus, back, low lats, shoulders, and biceps in the comfort of your office. It’s also great for working up a quick pump in case the officemate you’ve been crushing hard on happens to walk by.

The final feature I want to highlight is the internal safety spring in the Python Power Twister. Power twisters are inherently somewhat dangerous in the event that one snaps while using it. The built-in safety spring in the Python Power Twister keeps the handles together should the coil snap.

Below are the pros and cons I found in the Python Power Twister reviews:

Pros
  • Super easy to use and store
  • Provides a very solid upper-body workout
  • Convenient to use while watching TV or riding an exercise bike
  • The resistance level is awesome
  • A good exercise for relieving stress
  • A good workout to wake up when afternoon drowsiness sets in
  • Noticeable increase in muscle mass and a more toned appearance
  • Good for a quick pump
Cons
  • The inherent safety risk associated with the twister failing
  • May be too hard on the joints and ligaments
  • The lowest resistance of 40 lbs might be too high for your liking
  • Limited to upper-body work only

MaxiClimber Review

The MaxiClimber is one of those rare pieces of “As Seen on TV” gym equipment that actually works, however, that doesn’t mean it’s as amazing as they want you to believe. It does work, yet it’s surely not the best office gym equipment, hence why I ranked it after the bikes, portable gyms, and mini-ellipticals. With that out of the way, let’s focus on what makes the MaxiClimber worthy of a spot in my Top 10.

The advantages of the MaxClimber are it’s amazingly simple to use for everyone, it’s a low-impact total-body cardio workout that burns calories, and the machine itself compacts neatly to store in a closet or tight space. Once you’re ready for a quick vertical climber workout, there’s no assembly required or complicated steps to get moving in a hurry, which is a big reason why I like the MaxiClimber.

It’s also a good option for people who want a harder cardio workout than a piece of under desk exercise equipment provides yet is still easy on the joints. Expect to burn more calories during a MaxiClimber workout than you would during an under-desk cycle or elliptical workout.

Below are the pros and cons I found mentioned by current owners in the MaxiClimber reviews:

Pros
  • Real weight loss reports
  • The frame is sturdy and made with solid materials
  • A great full-body toning exercise
  • Not cumbersome when used in an office
  • Don’t underestimate it, you may be surprised by the intensity of the workout
  • Easy to work up a sweat quickly and burn more daily calories
  • Easy to assemble out of the box
  • You may find that it’s easier to get into a consistent workout routine with the MaxiClimber
Cons
  • Reported issues with the machine beginning to squeak over time
  • Several reports of the rollers giving out
  • Complaints about customer service

Xterra Fitness FB150 Review

If the under-desk cycle isn’t your thing, you might be better suited for a folding exercise bike. The downsides are the need to leave your desk to use it, it takes up more space than an under-desk cycle, and the workout requires more focus. The advantages are a more intense workout to burn more calories, more accurate fitness stat tracking with the hand pulse grips, and just an overall better cardio workout.

The FB150 is more than fairly priced and one of the top-rated folding bikes currently on the market. When folded, the footprint is ridiculously small at just 18.1″ x 18.1″, and it weighs just 32 lbs total. As long as you have enough room for it, a folding bike is a good option for burning calories and keeping your leg muscles toned.

Below are the pros and cons I found reported in the FB150 reviews:

Pros
  • Real weight loss reports
  • Burn more calories in less time than you would with an under-desk bike
  • A good low-impact cardio workout for seniors
  • Very easy to fold up for storage
  • Extremely quiet operation, good for office use
  • Lightweight and easy to move for most people
  • Suitable for tall people
  • Mighty sturdy for being so compact
  • Hard to beat the price
Cons
  • It does require some assembly
  • Better for casual office use than for a serious exercise bike workout
  • May take some time to get used to it if you’re accustomed to standard upright bikes
  • The max resistance may be too low for your liking

Sunny Health and Fitness Mini Stepper Review

The last piece of office workout equipment in my Top 10 is the Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistance Bands. What I like the most about the mini stepper for office use is despite its compact size, it delivers an efficient total-body cardio workout with the resistance bands. It’s about the same size as an under-desk elliptical, yet it offers a full-body workout for toning.

The feature in this machine that stands out is the height-adjustable pedals that allow you to switch between bigger and smaller steps for different workouts and intensity levels. Simply turn the control knob to raise or lower the pedal height for various workouts. The resistance bands are removable, so no need to worry about them getting in the way when you don’t want to use them.

The mini-stepper workout itself is good for targeting your core muscles, glutes, and legs. When combined with the resistance bands, the workout transforms into a total-body toning workout. Overall, this is a worthy piece of office exercise equipment that’s best for people who desire something a bit more strenuous than what a mini-elliptical or mini-bike offer.

Below are the pros and cons I found reported by owners in the Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper with Resistance Bands reviews:

Pros
  • Easy to use, easy to store, and functions properly
  • Several impressive weight loss reports
  • Quiet enough to use in a shared office space without distracting your coworkers
  • The monitor works nicely for tracking time and fitness stats
  • A good piece of office workout equipment for reaching your daily step goal
  • It’s very sturdy, approved by larger individuals
  • Excellent for getting the blood pumping and burning calories
  • Super portable at just 14.5 lbs
  • Recommended by desk workers
Cons
  • Several quality control issue reports
  • The step length may be too short for your liking
  • The workout is not the most exciting of the bunch
  • Might not be suitable for people with knee issues

Gaiam Balance Ball Chair Review

Now it’s time to wrap up my office workout equipment guide with my bonus pick, the Gaiam Balance Ball Chair. Never underestimate the importance of posture. A person with good posture is a person that instantly commands respect from anyone who happens to be graced by their presence.

According to the voodoo experts, sitting on an exercise balance ball chair increases focus and awareness through micro-movements and constant stimulation. I think we can all agree that a need to constantly balance your body on autopilot does work wonders for the body, particularly on posture.

What I like the most is that the ball is removable. In essence, you get a rolling chair and an exercise ball holder in one. I like to do core workouts on a yoga ball because of the enhanced back support. It also feels amazing to lay back on a yoga ball and stretch my lower back. With this chair, you can easily remove the ball any time you want to do an office exercise ball workout.

Lastly, the locking caster wheels are a nice touch to keep you in place while you do your micro-balancing thing. Plus, there’s a back support bar for much-needed lumbar support.

Below are the pros and cons I found reported by users in the Gaiam Classic Balance Ball Chair reviews:

Pros
  • An awesome chair for a bad lumbar
  • It just might be the most comfortable office chair you’ve ever used
  • May help to alleviate joint pain due to sitting for long hours
  • Lower back pain sufferers are finding relief
  • The included exercise chart is quite useful
  • Great for stretching and core exercises including oblique work
Cons
  • It’s not kitty-proof
  • The height is not adjustable (this is the greatest drawback outside of the cat problem)
  • You might be one of the people who find the chair uncomfortable
  • More than a handful of broken part reports

Bottom Line

Well, that was certainly fun. I’m confident that there’s a piece of office workout equipment here to suit your needs. The key to choosing the right piece of equipment is to follow the steps below:

  1. Identify your fitness goals
  2. Measure your office space, particularly your desk height
  3. Consider how quiet the machine is (especially if you plan to exercise in a shared space)
  4. Check your budget

Just those four easy steps are all you need to land on the best office exercise equipment for your workspace. You might even find that multiple pieces of equipment are ready to join your office fitness routine. Efficient multitasking is an integral part of success in today’s world, and office fitness is growing in popularity because of it. Don’t get left behind!

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